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Somali diaspora: Blast won’t stop effort to rebuild homeland

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Like many Somalis displaced by decades of civil war, Mohamoud Elmi felt he had a duty to use what he learned in America to help rebuild his homeland. After getting a business administration degree in Ohio, he fulfilled that calling and returned to Somalia in 2008 to work in ...

St. Paul’s Como Zoo welcomes baby female gorilla

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul's Como Zoo is welcoming a new baby female gorilla. A gorilla named Alice gave birth Wednesday to the 4-pound baby. The zoo announced the birth on Monday and said the newborn "appears healthy, strong and is bonding" with her mother. The baby is Alice's second ...

New Vikings headquarters about 70 percent finished

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Construction on the new headquarters for the Minnesota Vikings is about 70 percent complete. Team officials took reporters on a tour Monday of the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, which will open in March. The entire organization will have office space there, ...

University of Minnesota starts sexual assault task force

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students at the University of Minnesota have created a task force that will develop new strategies to combat sexual assault on campus. The task force formed by the Minnesota Student Association will hold its first meeting in early November, Minnesota Daily reported . The ...

Police investigating 2nd homicide in St. Paul in 24 hours

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police are investigating the second homicide in the city within 24 hours. Police spokesman Steve Linders says officers working off-duty at a bar reported hearing gunshots about 2 a.m. Sunday. Shortly afterward, someone dropped off a man at Regions Hospital. He ...

U of Minnesota names new medical school dean

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has named a longtime faculty member as the new dean of the medical school. University President Eric Kaler on Friday named Dr. Jakub Tolar to the top medical school post. His appointment needs approval from the Board of Regents. Tolar replaces ...

Police shooting protesters kneel before Vikings home game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters kneeled outside of U.S. Bank Stadium before the Minnesota Vikings' game against the Baltimore Ravens. About 50 people took part in the demonstration Sunday while the national anthem played inside the Minneapolis stadium. The protesters say they want to raise ...

Minneapolis approves regulations for short-term rentals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis will begin regulating Airbnb and other short-term vacation rentals, a move the city wanted to get done before the 2018 Super Bowl. The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a pair of ordinances requiring those rental hosts to be licensed with the city. ...

Minnesota high schools see rise in competitive video gaming

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Competitive video gaming, known as e-sports, is gaining popularity at Minnesota high schools. About 30 students at Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul are a part of the school's e-sports team, which began this year, Minnesota Public Radio reported . More ...

Man pursued by St. Paul police dies after jumping off bridge

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man died after fleeing police officers in his car, stopping on a Mississippi River bridge in St. Paul and jumping over a railing. The incident happened Thursday night after police tried to stop the driver for several traffic violations. The man ...

Embattled St. Paul fire chief asks to return to previous job

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Fire Chief Tim Butler is stepping down after more than 10 years of leading the department. The announcement by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman comes days after it was made public that Butler was reprimanded by the city in 2016 for retaliating against an employee. ...

Tribe: Public safety on Minnesota reservation worsened

ONAMIA, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of a Native American tribe say public safety on their central Minnesota reservation worsened last year when a nearby county terminated an agreement that allowed tribal police to provide law enforcement. Mille Lacs County's decision to terminate the agreement with ...

Burglary investigated at mosque that was targeted by bomb

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of a Minnesota mosque where a bomb went off this summer now say two burglars have broken windows and entered their building in Bloomington. Police Deputy Chief Mike Hartley says his department is investigating a burglary or attempted burglary at the Dar Al ...

Medica criticized for transferring money to for-profit unit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton and others are criticizing one of Minnesota's biggest health insurers for transferring $120 million from its nonprofit Minnesota HMO to other operations, including a for-profit insurance unit. Medica Health Plans used money from its nonprofit HMO this ...

Complaint: Teen on Snapchat before fatal crash

GAYLORD, Minn. (AP) — Investigators say a young driver was using the social media app Snapchat just before she struck and killed a bicyclist in Sibley County. A criminal complaint filed against the 16-year-old girl charges her with criminal vehicular homicide and reckless driving in the June ...

Former Mrs. America sentenced for price tag switching scheme

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Mrs. America from Minnesota convicted of switching price tags on expensive clothes has been sentenced to two years of probation and 10 days of community service. A jury in August convicted 51-year-old Jennifer Kline, of Wayzata, Minnesota, on one felony count of ...

Minnesota wild rice rule irks industry and environmentalists

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency kicks off a week of public hearings Monday on changing a water quality standard that's meant to protect wild rice, a proposal that has managed to anger environmentalists and industry alike. The ...

Funding to trap wolves preying on livestock extended

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday that it has come up with money to trap wolves that prey on livestock through the end of the year, a week after federal money ran out for helping Minnesota farmers and ranchers control wolves. Members of Minnesota's ...

Target sees new smaller Manhattan store as where it’s headed

NEW YORK (AP) — Target sees its new smaller stores in mainly urban areas as a symbol of its future, hoping that shoppers will step away from online buying for trips to stores tailored to the neighborhood. The two-level store in Manhattan's Herald Square, not far from the Macy's flagship, is ...

Organizer of Castile fundraiser has plans for nonprofit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The organizer of a fundraising campaign in honor of Philando Castile has plans to make it a self-sustaining nonprofit to help feed children. Castile was an elementary school cafeteria supervisor who was fatally shot by a police officer last year in suburban St. Paul, ...

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